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Comix Talk for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Work on Cover Art for DAR 2 by Erika Moen

Just got a bunch of books in from Microcosm Publishing that I will be taking a look at this week (thanks Jessie Duke!).  If you've got a book or other webcomic-related object you're interested in having reviewed send it to "Robert Tanner, P.O. Box 3362, Arlington VA 22203" -- I can't promise every book will get a full-blown review from someone (most do though) but they all get a mention on the site.

If you're going to read one thing today I'd recommend this great post on Will Eisner by Christopher Irving over at GraphicNYC.

CRAFT: Erika Moen shows you how she made the cover art for her second print volume of DAR.

MILESTONES: It's Odori Park's first year anniversary on the web his upcoming Saturday.  Creator Chris Watkins is soliciting guest strips to help celebrate - send them to him by March 15th.

TOOLS: At Webcomic Planet, Bryon Wilkins reviews the Comic Life software -- it's primarily marketed as a photo to but Wilkins talks about its comic-making usefulness.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE: It's Shark Week at Hockey Zombie!  It's also Hockey Zombie's fifth year anniversary.

JUSTIFY GENE's HYPE: Creator Gene Luen Yang reminds us that Derek Kirk Kim is serializing T.U.N.E. at RIGHT NOW (It's also planned to be published in dead tree format by First Second).

NOT WEBCOMICS: Ted Rall time - first, Scott Kurtz throws him into a recent comic -- unless you've followed the online Kurtz-Rall verbal fragfests I'm not sure that's a 4th panel-worthy cameo there.  Second, I saw this story on TechDirt where they reported that Rall recently argued "that Italy got it right in finding three Google execs criminally liable for a video some kids posted to Google Video."  Rall is now officially in the running with Wiley for the all-time webcomic-luddite title. 

Flight Volume I: Where Are They Now?

Kean Soo has a cool retrospective post on what the creators involved with the first volume of the Flight comics anthology have done since it's release and where they are now.  Interestingly, only three still have regularly updated webcomics: Erika Moen, DAR!; Dylan Meconis, Family Man; and Derek Kirk Kim, TUNE.

Wednesday Stuff About Webcomics

Did I mention SPX is this weekend?  Other stories of note:

Brigid Alverson reviews various iPhone apps for comics.
Gizmodo covers leaked information on Microsoft's new tablet computer.

Newsarama has a story on the webcomic Wide Awake and that Jarrod Feliciano and Mirjana Novkovic at Do-Over Productions recently optioned the film rights to it.  Do-Over Productions on its facebook page describes itself as "Do-Over Productions is a New York based independent production company. We love stories. Especially epic stories - not in their presentation, but in their content - epic in what they make you think and feel."

Scott McCloud commands that you read Derek Kirk Kim's new webcomic, Tune.  I do too.

Fallout Boy Pete Wentz now making FallOut Boy comics - an interview with the musician here.
Coverage of Randall Munroe's recent book reading and signing for xkcd: volume 0.  Video too.

Derek Kirk Kim Serializing Tune on His Website

Derek Kirk Kim, the creator of Same Difference and Other Stories, returns to the web by serializing - one panel a day - his new comic Tune at his website Lowbright.

Con Report: Massachusetts Library Association 2009 Graphic Novel Mini Conference

Last week, the Massachusetts Library Association held its annual professional conference, which is notable for comics fans in that the final day of the conference included a Graphic Novel Mini-Conference organized by Robin Brenner of No Flying, No Tights. This included a full day of panel discussions related to the comic book industry, as well as a handful of graphic novel exhibitors in the exhibition hall, and a couple of interesting events throughout the rest of the week. I wasn’t able to make it to all of the events, as I wasn’t a registered attendee.

Down but not out...

That's it. I've officially given up on my life "settling down" anytime in the near future.

In addition to my trip to Japan last month (which I promise I'll sit down and write about someday, but you can follow Shaenon's detailed report in her current series of Comixology columns), here are some other recent doings:

Off the Radar: Catching Up with Past Luminaries

This article was originally published on in 2008.

Webcartoonists disappear every day. Not off the face of the Earth, of course, but certainly out of the collective conscious of the webcomic community. Creators may take a hiatus, or decide to focus on print projects, or complete a well-loved work and move on to something less wildly popular. Or they may simply not bother with self-promotion, so that when the initial buzz surrounding their work calms, they are not active in maintaining the level of attention that was briefly paid to their work. And fickle as the Internet is, it’s easy to go from famous to forgotten at any given moment.

Of course, just because a creator isn’t dominating the critical sites or public discussion forums the way they once did doesn’t mean they’ve stopped working, or publishing, or playing some other role in the comics community. Presented here is a survey of the current projects of four of those creators whom we haven’t heard much about over the past year or two, despite their notable accomplishments of the past.

Does It Really Matter What the Title of a Round-up Post Is?

REMINDER! Eisner Nominations Due This Friday.  Online creators -- you can nominate yourself.  Don't be modest folks - if you've published online an outstanding body of work last year -- put in a nomination.  It's an easy process to do and the judges can't pick something if it wasn't nominated.

I guess it wouldn't be a webcomics weekend without the t-shirts.

The Daily Cross Hatch reviews Derek Kirk Kim and Gene Luen Yang's collaboration, The Eternal Smile.

From the Strange Maps blog comes a comic called "World War II: If Maps Could Fight".

Comicspace CEO (co-CEO?) Joey Manley has a post with some examples of webcomic creators splitting from more corporate publishig arrangements.  A ha! He's suggesting webcomic creators may be better of without traditional arrangements in favor of D-I-Y. But wait, then he notes that other creators have left one publisher for an even bigger publisher.  So maybe it's not so clear?  Or maybe webcomic creators are all just "anal retentive control freaks and/or crazy egotistical jerks"... I'm picking on Joey a bit if only because he seems to be hedging on making any definite conclusions in his post, but otherwise he is asking the right kinds of questions (and the fact is there are lots of different reasons for why different creators have made different decisions on publishing arrangements in the last couple of years).

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Nominations for Eisner Awards Due This Friday and Other News Of the Day

Red Light ALERT!!! Eisner nominations are due in this Friday.

The best digital comic category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2008. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to


Neatorama has a talk with LOLCATS cartoonists Adam Koford on his influences. (h/t Journalista)

Newsarama has an interview with Derek Kirk Kim and Gene Luen Yang on their new book - The Eternal Smile - a collection of three stories, jointly created. (h/t Journalista)

Shaenon Garrity interviews Ed Quinby about his webcomic Teregrin.

Aaron Haaland has some nuts and bolts tips on how to host a creator-signing at a comic book store. (h/t Journalista)

Gary recommends Savannah & Georgia by Eliza Frye.

Lore's Bad Gods has a funny one today featuring Photoshop Filter Force.

November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.